UPDATE: Pilot killed in helicopter crash near Lake Pleasant identified

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PEORIA -- The pilot who was killed in helicopter crashed near Lake Pleasant Thursday morning has been identifed.

Pilot identified

1 victim in helicopter crash near Lake Pleasant - Police say there was one victim in a helicopter crash near Lake Pleasant.

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Richard Snure, 61, of Rodeo, N.M., was flying the helicopter as part of a cattle-gathering operation when he crashed in a wilderness area about five miles north of Lake Pleasant near Castle Hot Springs Road.

According to Mike Tellef with the Peoria Police Department, Snure was the only one aboard the helicopter. He died at the scene.

Tellef said people in the area saw the Robinson R22 go down about 10 a.m. and called police.

Initial reports indicate the helicopter may have struck power lines in the area.

According to witnesses at the scene, the pilot was flying low to herd cattle when the helicopter hit power lines and crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the crash. FAA investigators arrived on the scene yesterday afternoon.